Anusara Scandal

Here Comes the Moon, and a Yoga Sex Cult

Whenever there is a celestial thing happening, like a solstice or an equinox, I am reminded of the time when I was in a Wiccan Yoga Sex Cult and didn’t know it. You might ask, how can you possibly be in a Wiccan Yoga Sex Cult and not know it? Let me tell you my…

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The Devil is in the Dogma, by Michelle Marchildon

 In yoga news this week there was a lot of hubbub about yoga causing satanic possession, and I’m here to tell you my official reaction: Duh. For 2,000 years, or pretty much since yoga was brought to the attention of the west, it has been confused with being a spiritual practice. I’m not going to…

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Bernadette Birney on Trials by Fire, Yoga Judgment, and How Being Hated is Freaking Awesome!

The second in a series of “Finding More” interviews of interesting people who have moved through something life-changing, and how it looks from the other side. Bernadette Birney was a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher and a nationally-known writer who became controversial when she began writing about the ugly skeletons in the yoga cupboard. Michelle Marchildon…

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What I meant to say about Anusara: Duh.

  When an entire school of anything – whether it is yoga or educational or even a cult-like community – collapses you can be sure it was not from one thing. If one thing could tear apart a community, then a community wasn’t very strong in the first place. Challenges are meant to bring community…

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How to get over a yoga divorce.

I have a girlfriend who went through a terrible divorce and she was bitter for several years. Then one day she was not. She shared her secret with me over dinner: “I had to own my part in it.” As far as I was concerned, the whole mess was 100% his fault and not hers,…

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Peace Motherfu%&ers. What I’m Leaving Behind.

For many of us, it was a year defined by massive transformation and loss. I hope it means that we have survived a clearing of Universal proportions for 2013. For me, I lost Anusara, a yoga school I loved, and innocence about the teachers I adored. Moving forward, this is what I’m now leaving behind…

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Why did John Friend Leave Anusara?

Attention Anusarians: your leader has abandoned ship. He is teaching Hatha yoga now. After a seven-month self-imposed exile, John Friend, the charismatic leader of Anusara yoga, is back. Friend was recovering from a sex, drugs and rock and roll yoga hangover. He’s feeling much better now, thank you very much. And he came back to…

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